What Happens When Your Health Problem Isn’t The Real Problem?

Posted on in Healthy Lifestyle by Dr. John Kim

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Have you ever had a health problem that never seemed to get better?

No matter what provider you tried, your condition continued to persist and maybe even developed into something worse?

Most people make their health care decisions based on the idea that the problem they are experiencing (usually a symptom like headaches, hormone imbalances, weight gain, difficulty sleeping) is the problem and they need to find a healthcare provider to fix it.

If you are in pain – maybe you get headaches, or you have low back pain – you will probably seek out someone (Doctor, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, etc.) who you believe will “fix” your pain.

If you have diabetes (or any other condition), then you are probably searching for an approach that will “fix” your diabetes problem.

In these cases, if the pain and diabetes were the actual problem, healthcare that attempted to “fix” them would be wonderful and appropriate. It would actually provide a solution to your problem.

Unfortunately, most of the time, the attempts to help are directed at the symptoms ONLY and never address any of the underlying problems that exist.

If you had a house with a concrete foundation that supported the entire structure and somehow the base incurred enough damage to cause a shift, do you think other problems would develop secondary to the foundation?

Sure they would!

Over time you would see cracking in the drywall, misaligned door frames and even plumbing or electrical damage could develop inside the walls. What is the real problem in this example? One of these is a CORE PROBLEM and the rest are simply COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

The same analogy applies to your body and your health.

Symptoms like pain, poor digestion, low energy, poor sleeping and thousands of other signals are almost always secondary conditions… Secondary effects from a handful of primary PROBLEMS that have been left unaddressed for an extended
period of time.

This is a generalization, but the typical approach to secondary conditions (like pain, poor sleep or headaches) is to suppress the messages with some sort of medication.

Now don’t get us wrong, this can be really useful in some cases, in fact medication is likely helping millions of people survive despite major dysfunction in their body.

But…

The concern is that those alarms signals from the body are NOT the core problem.

Turning them off may provide you with a ‘quick fix’ but the core problem and the damage occurring from it will only continue to impact your health in negative ways…even if you don’t feel it happening.

This is the process used with the vast majority of disease treatment models…identify the collateral damage (often confused for the core problem) and attempt to “fix” it.

What are some of the most common Core Problems?

Well, perhaps a better question would be to ask – what are the core requirements for the body to work optimally?

If one of these core requirements is not being met, it will lead to a core problem… which in turn can lead to a whole host of collateral damage.

When a deficiency is present in any one of these core requirements, collateral damage (disease and symptoms) will follow. In fact, every single disease process is in some way, large or small, caused by some of these essential needs not being addressed over a period of time.

So what are the core requirements for your body to function optimally?

  1. FUEL (Food for energy and cellular building blocks)
  2. MOVEMENT (mobility, strength, endurance)
  3. SLEEP (quantity, quality)
  4. MINDSET (self-esteem, vision, values, goals)
  5. STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY (spinal health, joint health)
  6. NEUROLOGICAL (nervous system communication, brain health)

Pain, headaches, hormone imbalances, sleep problems, immunity issues, lack of focus, immobility, energy output, inflammatory diseases, weight gain and thousands more labeled diseases are simply collateral damage from core problems left unaddressed.

Can all Core Problems Be Corrected?

Unfortunately, not all core problems can be corrected.

If the core problem has been left unaddressed too long, the severity is too great or it is just not something that is currently correctable like gene mutation (although research is showing us that dealing with other core issues like food and movement can impact genetic expression!), dealing with some of the collateral damage is a very appropriate approach.

The real pitfall is to not confuse symptom suppression with building health.

However, in the vast majority of cases, starting to address one or more core problems can lead to incredible health recovery and optimization. Even in
conditions that have been chronic and difficult to reverse.

Ultimately, you have a choice: stick to the conventional method of reducing the signs of COLLATERAL DAMAGE or focus on correcting the CORE PROBLEM.

Please be sure you’re getting the one you really want.

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Dr. Kim was born and raised in Toronto and attended high school at St. Michael’s College School. Later, he attended McMaster University and received a Bachelor of Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement. After university, Dr. Kim decided to enroll at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, in the United States. After graduating in 2002, Dr. Kim remained in the United States working alongside highly respected Chiropractors in the Chicago area. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Kim established Kim Family Chiropractic in Milton, Ontario

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